The BSWG Mandate

The Provincial Learning and Action Committee (PLAC) established the Board Supports Working Group (BSWG) to develop and implement a sustainable learning program that will strengthen the capacity of legal clinic board members to fulfill their governance role. While maintaining overall responsibility for the initiative, PLAC has delegated to the BSWG the authority to plan, develop and implement a range of programming that will reflect the diverse needs of clinic board members across Ontario.


PLAC has identified investing in programs that strengthen clinic board capacity as a provincial priority.  THE BSWG serves as an arm of PLAC in addressing this priority.  The BSWG considers a full range of learning needs of present and future clinic board members across the province and will determine how all stakeholders can contribute to a sustainable board learning program.


The BSWG operates following established internal processes for planning, consulting, managing funds, implementing, evaluating and reporting on activities, and is responsible for consulting and communicating with clinic board members across the province. The group is responsible for establishing operating procedures such as appointing a chairperson, ensuring minutes of meetings are kept and keeping records of expenditures.  However, ultimate responsibility for the initiative will remain with PLAC, as the sponsoring and funding body. 

The BSWG Needs You!

Join the Board Supports Working Group and helps us develop governance tools for your fellow clinic board members across Ontario.  The BSWG meets every six weeks or so over the lunch period by phone and web conference.  In between meetings you may be asked to review some materials developed by our Board Development Specialists who try not to make the work too onerous!

If you're interested, you can complete our Expression of Interest form which you can download by clicking here.  OR you can contact us by email at:

The BSWG Team

  • Osmand Bangura - Board Member, African Canadian Legal Clinic
  • Dina Biro - Board Member, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
  • Linda Erskine - Board Member, Manitoulin Legal Clinic
  • Saleem Hall - Board Member, Neighbourhood Legal Services, Greater Toronto (BSWG Chair)
  • Marnie Hayes - Manager of Clinic Learning and Development, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Chris Killoran - Office Manager, South Ottawa Community Legal Services
  • Abdul Majeed - Board Member, North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services, Brampton
  • Linda Rochon - Board Member, Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic, Windsor
  • Bill Russell - Board Member, Timmins Temiskiming Legal Clinic
  • Carene Smith - Quality Service Office, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Brent Wilcox - Board Member, Northumberland Community Legal Centre, Coburg

The BSWG would like to recognize those individuals who previously served on the BSWG:

Sandi Bell, ARCH & Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

Beth Bellaire, Northumberland Community Legal Clinic

Stephen Bird, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Legal Clinic, Perth

Tracey Blanchet, West Scarborough Community Legal Services

Nancy Daley, Rainy River District Community Legal Clinic

Susanne Hunter, Legal Aid Ontario

Denise Ireland, Chatham-Kent

Jawad Kassab, Legal Aid Ontario

Ann Martindale, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Kim Morris, Sudbury

Mary Pacuzzi, ED, Algoma

Gary Premo, Algoma

Luc Rivet, Elliott Lake

Susan Shaw, York Region

Evelyn Shore, ACTO

Hugh Tye, ED, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

Barbara Watson, Community Advocacy & Legal Clinic, Belleville

Steve Webster, Ottawa South

Larry Woolley, Algoma